Samdrup Jongkhar: Forests being a lifeline for Bhutan’s economy and also serving as a livelihood for many Bhutanese, its protection and sustainable use for present and future generations is essential. Article 5, Section 3 of the Constitution of Bhutan ensures the future of forestry in Bhutan. Application of science in Bhutanese forest began with Bhutan Forest Act, 1969 which was repealing and replacing the Forest and Nature Conservation Act of Bhutan, 1995. In exertion of the powers and duties conferred under the Forest and Nature Conservation Act of Bhutan, 1995. Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, promulgates series of Forest and Nature Conservation Rule in 2000, 2003, 2006 and fourth edition being called Forest and Nature Conservation Rules and Regulations of Bhutan, 2017 which superseded above editions.
This new rule was sensitised to its frontline staffs to improve the prosecution rate, legal actions and smooth implementation and to avoid conflict of interest (COI). As, foresters are custodian and paramilitary force which play pivotal roles in guarding the natural resources which is national asset. This warrants high discipline as enforcement personal, with completion of sensitisation to new rule, enforcement foresters are confident to keep within the framework of rule.
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